For most fashion fiends, the footwear hunt begins and ends with towering heels. But for obsessive sneakerheads, it’s all about athletic lace-ups—especially those created by underground artists, sports stars and widely-worshipped Japanese designers. And while the stylish sneakers below might not come in limited edition runs or with certificates of authenticity, they’re every bit as covetable. The best gifts, after all, are always tied with a bow.
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